Cynognathus


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Cynognathus

 

a genus of extinct reptiles of the suborder Theriodontia. The animals, which lived in the early Triassic, had many progressive features that linked them with the ancestors of the mammals. Remains have been found in deposits of the Lower Triassic in South Africa.

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The fossil skull of the more mammal-like Cynognathus shows the specialized or differentiated teeth of early mammal ancestors, but not all the characteristics of the riving groups of mammals.